Is tracing or copying better when learning to reproduce a pattern?

@article{Gonzalez2010IsTO,
  title={Is tracing or copying better when learning to reproduce a pattern?},
  author={Cleotilde Gonzalez and Joe Anderson and Peter R. Culmer and Melanie Rose Burke and Mark Mon-Williams and Richard M. Wilkie},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={208},
  pages={459-465}
}
Learning to write requires the repeated manual production of spatial patterns. It remains unclear whether tracing or copying provides better training: tracing provides accurate and immediate performance feedback, whereas copying may require greater use of memory and recall during training. We asked sixteen adults to copy or trace novel patterns then reproduce these from memory using a stylus and tablet PC. A week later, a retention test was performed. Sophisticated analyses indexed the extent… CONTINUE READING

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